December 16, 2010

Asheville City Market South Opens

I don't cook. It's not that I don't know how, but rather it is because I've never really felt inspired to–a microwavable dinner and my couch or a bubble bath usually sound more appealing after the work day. Next week, however, I am planning, for one of the first times in my life, on making a shopping list.

On Wednesday, July 1st, the Asheville City Market South opened in Biltmore Park Town Square. The market, scheduled to take place weekly from 7:30-11:30 a.m., is nothing short of inspiring for an underachieving cook. From booths with colorful and fresh zucchini and summer squash to vendors selling gold brown chive and cheddar biscuits and garnished cupcakes, the new market offers a range of possibilities that promise to make everybody's stomach grumble. Luckily for me, there are plenty of food items that are already prepared, including uniquely flavored pastas and sauces. Of course, the gourmet chefs also have plenty of room for their own creativity when they buy fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, or even a rack of lamb.

If you aren't feeling up for cooking, and a bubble bath is still more your style, the market also features homemade body care products. With organic ingredients and essential oils, the products make luxury and relaxation healthier than ever.

Apart from being healthy and delicious, all of the items at the market are locally grown, which means they spend less time getting from the farm to your table. Also, when you shop at Asheville City Markey South, you support your local economy, farmers and farmland, and the region's agricultural heritage.

Next Wednesday, July 8th, take some time to explore Asheville's newest farmer's market, and while you are there, feel free to walk around Biltmore Park Town Square to see the newest restaurants and retailers.